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Computer Bugs

Do You Have Bugs in Your Computer Programming bugs born by infected portable storage devices or the Internet may be thought of as a modern phenomena. Even considering the ruckus and non event surrounding the famous Y2K problem in the year 2000. It was then predicted the computer world would grind to a halt because…

The Library of Congress Ultimate Archive System

The United States Library of Congress has a vast store of media material and a will to save it for the future using an ultimate and unique archive system. The division within the Library of Congress responsible for audio visual and film materials covers a collection of 6.3 million items. This includes 140 million feet…

British Rock Still Lives

British Rock Restoration I came across this item in a trade publication some time ago about recover and restoration of British rock video. It demonstrates the worth of how you treat those old recordings of an era past. The writer was watching a TV show on British rock bands of the 1960s and suddenly realised…

How Good Are You at Multitasking

How Good Are You At Multitasking Do you pride yourself on being able to juggle multiple tasks well? I have sometimes been accused of preferring to do one task at a time, as if that is a crime. But after reading an article in a US publication I feel somewhat vindicated. The essence of the…

Computers and Disasters

Computers, Disasters and our Dependency Upon Them When I started in earnest a number of years ago to transfer and restore old media, the only thing I identified that might be a problem was having to work with and largely depend upon computers. Now, I am not going to enter into any debate about Macs…

Cleaning and Handling CDs and DVDs

Cleaning and handling CDs and DVDs is a basic thing everyone should understand and practice. For one thing it helps to lengthen the life of the media which carries the message we would not like to loose. But First a Bit Of Explanation The recording on a CD and DVD disc is protected to some…

Video Noise Restoration

Here are some short clips I transferred from Emma the movie originally taken from a VHS video tape demonstrating video noise restoration. On the left side is the original video as transferred from the VHS tape. On the right hand side of the screen a special process  was applied in the computer to reduce video…

Technology and the Last 100 Years

It’s An Age Related Thing Somehow we have become used to the kind of technology we have known of in our lifetime. For those of us a bit older change has crept upon us, but it can even be worse than that. We firstly grew up in a very different sort of analog era. Now…

Traditional Broadcast vs Internet TV

Technical news sources have been abuzz for some time about developments in Broadcast vs Internet TV. Streaming Video For some time we have had access to streaming video such as YouTube or various web sites providing catch up viewing for old episodes of broadcast TV shows etc..  To demonstrate how things have changed, past US…

Maintenance Verses New Technology

When our system gets out of whack and we go to the doctor. Though most of the time they are just eliminating possibilities and treating symptoms. The technology and equipment we use every day needs something else. It needs to either work or someone has to to be able to fix it. That is where…